Daimler unveils new autonomous self-driving truck this week

 

Daimler’s “Inspiration” is the first ever autonomous, self-driving semi truck licensed to drive on Nevada’s highway system. It was debuted this week Tuesday, at an event atop the Hoover Dam, that included a night drive across the dam – driver included (this time).

However, Daimler isn’t quite ready to start taking customer orders for the truck, and they said they have no intention of ditching real-life drivers. Instead, truck drivers would become more on an on-board logistics manager, keeping things running on track.

“We’re far from that. We’re just getting people inspired,” said Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the board of management of Daimler AG.

Freightliner unveils its Inspiration self-driving truck during an event at the Hoover Dam (AP Photo/John Locher)

Freightliner unveils its Inspiration self-driving truck during an event at the Hoover Dam (AP Photo/John Locher)

Though, if the company was in logistics business, the truck could be used for shipping goods on the highways between Reno and Las Vegas, due to it’s automated state license. For now, Inspiration will be used only for additional testing, and of course showing off what the truck can already do.

For years, companies have been testing different autonomous technology in passenger vehicles – including blind spot warnings, automatic parallel parking, and break assist – to name a few.

With a autonomous, self-driving vehicle – especailly one as large as a semi truck – there are many questions that aren’t yet answered. Daimler Trucks North America president and CEO Martin Daum said society might forgive a number of deaths caused by tired truck drivers at the wheel but they would never forgive a single fatal crash blamed on a fully automated big rig.

Still, “we believe that before passenger cars will be cruising around in suburbs, long before that, you will be seeing heavy trucks running on the interstate highways,” Bernhard said. There are no intersections, no red lights, no pedestrians, he said, making it a far less complex trip for a truck to make.

The company, however, said they have no intention of ditching real-life drivers – instead the driver would be more of an on-board logistics manager.

For now, only four states certify testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads – as long as there is a human driver behind the wheel. Other states have shown interest in allowing such tests, but in the end, proper testing will take more than just a few random states. Bernhard believes more states need to allow for testing of these autonomous vehicles. When neighboring states allow for this type of autonomous vehicle, it starts to make sense to more and more customers who could benefit from the technology.

Information for this article was taken from Kimberly Pierceall’s AP article, Daimler’s self-driving big rig makes big entrance in Nevada, published May. 6, 2015 8:25 AM EDT

USTDS and JBS Carriers Partner For New Scholarship Program

 

We are proud to announce that beginning in April 2015, United States Truck Driving School will be be partnering with JBS Carriers for a newly established “JBS Carriers Scholarship” program. The JBS Carrier Scholarship program will enable eligible students to receive a scholarship to attend the CDL training program at USTDS, and then go to work for JBS Carriers upon graduation.

JBS and USTDS partner for the JBC Carriers Scholarship Program

JBS Carriers has a fleet of over 600 trucks and 800 employees that handle both refrigerated and non-refrigerated freight, with on-time delivery of both temperature-controlled and non-temperature controlled products. JBS terminals are located in Colorado, Wisconsin, Utah, Texas, and Georgia, with regional operations in the Midwest and Western states.

To qualify for this scholarship program, candidates must have a clean motor vehicle and clean criminal background checks, along with a solid work history. Our goal is for every student to become a successful and safe driver. For more information on attending our 160 Hour Class A training program using the JBS Carriers Scholarship program, please contact us by calling 888.308.8170 in Denver, or 866.872.0571 in Colorado Springs. You may also request that we contact you with information regarding enrollment in our CDL training programs by completing the form on this page.

For more information on JBC Carriers, please visit www.jbscarriers.com.
Visit with USTDS and JBS Carrier representatives at our May 1 Hiring Event.

Dick Lammers shows off his 2011 International Pro Star truck

 

Check it out! Richard Lammers, CEO/Owner of  United States Truck Driving School just went and picked up a new-to-him 2011 International Pro Star – and of course we all want to show it off! Lookin’ good!!

Dick Lammers, CEO of USTDS with his new 2011 International ProStar

Here’s some good advice for your Colorado Springs CDL testing

 

What are you looking for in your career? Do you want a challenging work environment, job security, and the opportunity to work with new people? Or perhaps you want to have long stretches of time where you don’t work with anyone? Maybe you like the quiet of the open road.

Well, commercial driving careers can offer all of those things, depending on the job you choose. But there’s a catch. To get a CDL, you must pass Colorado Springs CDL testing first. While it’s not necessarily an overly difficult process, it involves a lot of steps and requires a significant time commitment that stretches over many weeks.

For starters, you must decide that a career in commercial driving is for you. It’s certainly not for everyone, and it would be a shame to go through all of the rigmarole of preparing for Colorado Springs CDL testing, only to decide at the last minute that it isn’t the career you are seeking. So start there, with deep thought and consideration as to whether this is the career path you want to take.

Once you have decided for certain that you definitely do want to go through Colorado Springs CDL testing, you need to find the trucking school or CDL training facility that best meets your needs. Specifically with CDL training there are different philosophies: some employ a leisurely method where everyone works at their own pace, while others use a “sink or swim” method, where the classroom instruction moves swiftly, and the student is forced to keep up. Each of those approaches have merits, and it’s just a reflection of how the student best learns on which of these types of schools they choose.

You can do some research on the schools you are considering. Remember that the Colorado Springs CDL testing is the same no matter what type of school you go do, since your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles will administer the CDL exam. But by researching your schools ahead of time, you can decide which best fits your needs, then just go for it!

Keep in mind that you will need to obtain your CDL learner’s permit. This is much like a standard operator’s learning permit in that it allows you to participate in supervised driving training sessions on the road, in the presence of a licensed instructor. This is how you obtain your practice time in the truck.

After your CDL training course, which typically spans between 6 and 10 weeks, you should be ready to prepare for your Colorado Springs CDL testing. Be sure you put in enough study time so that you know the material well; simply completing your training course many not be enough to adequately prepare for Colorado Springs CDL testing, so be sure you have taken several practice tests and really have a good grasp on the material.

After all of these steps, you should be prepared for Colorado Springs CDL testing. This may be the most nerve-wracking step in the process to date, but keep in mind that you still have a job search to conduct afterward. But keep that in the back of your mind, as you have a comprehensive test over driving regulations, traffic laws, and other rules to pass.

Colorado Springs CDL testing covers two parts: written and driving. You’ll be tested in the traditional academic sense about various aspects of commercial driving, and you will have to provide a demonstration that you can safely operate a large commercial vehicle in order to pass your Colorado Springs CDL testing. Of course, if you have put the work and practice time in, you should be able to get through this part of the exam as well.

On the other side of this process, which is to say after passing Colorado Springs CDL testing, you will receive your CDL. You are now qualified to operate a large commercial vehicle in the eyes of the government, and you may pursue employment opportunities at trucking companies, construction companies, parcel and package delivery services, or other employers that hire workers who have completed CDL training.

You’re ready to begin your career. Make it a good one, full of excitement, fulfillment, and productivity!

No CDL Experience? No problem. Here’s how to become a professional commercial driver.

 

Drawing upon past experiences helps people in many different situations. It won’t, however, help you all that much when it comes to Denver CDL testing. Unless you drove vehicles that are close to reaching the status of a commercial vehicle that requires a CDL to drive, chances are your experiences won’t help you all that much in this particular situation.

Denver CDL testing requires a certain amount of real-time training. You will find that your average, everyday operator’s license type driving just isn’t sufficient training for Denver CDL testing. So if you feel like you’re going to come in and own this kind of training, well you’d better think again. CDL training takes time, patience, and skill. You need to be able to focus and commit to memory every law, every regulation, every rule, and every tenet of the commercial driving field.

And remember that many of them are much, much different than your regular driving in a commuter vehicle. The rules are different, and they frequently change, so you have to keep up with that aspect of the job. Sometimes you will complete Denver CDL testing then find that a good number of the rules are no longer valid. Adaptability is another key to finding success in this industry.

But that all comes later. Right now we are discussing how you are going to get to that step. You need to worry about going to the DMV and passing Denver CDL testing. First of all, you will need to jump through the legal hoops. Find out what the prerequisites are for obtaining a commercial driver’s license permit; that’s the first legal step to getting a full-fledged CDL license. There are certain requirements and possibly Denver CDL testing in order to qualify you for the CDL permit.

Once you have completed that step you are ready to begin your CDL schooling. Hopefully by this time you will have already found a trucking school that is to your liking, and you will allow them to guide you through the process from start to Denver CDL testing. If your CDL school is unable to properly instruct you on the proper steps to obtaining a CDL, you may want to look elsewhere for your training.

But we kid. Your goal is to move toward Denver CDL testing, but also learn how to become a professional commercial driver. It is certainly advisable that you find a qualified professional in the area you are hoping to enter, and learn a little about the job. Of course you are looking to pass Denver CDL testing, but take advantage of your opportunities and get into the intricacies of the profession a little bit. Gauge whether you think this is truly the career track for you. After all, what’s the use of struggling through Denver CDL testing, only to pass, then to get into the career this testing wrought and say to yourself, “this really isn’t the job for me.”

You really need to make sure you are going to not only be able to handle commercial driving as a career choice, but that you will find enjoyment and fulfillment in it. Many people enter into a career with dollar signs in their eyes, and fail to adequately consider whether they will actually like their job. And Denver CDL testing certainly won’t tell you about the day-to-day vagaries of the job. So find a qualified, seasoned professional who can help walk you through the profession before you waste a lot of time on Denver CDL testing.

Then, when you decide you are ready to push through, focus yourself like a laser and knock out that training program. Pick up the skills and driving techniques, learn the rules, laws, and regulations of the road, and get into that testing facility and get that CDL!

With the proper preparation, it’s much easier to see where you are going and understand what you are getting into. Denver CDL testing isn’t for everyone, but for those whom it is for, there is a world of fulfillment and opportunity awaiting you. Get on it and make sure you get yourself the skills and knowledge you have been waiting for.

Nervous about your Denver CDL testing? Here’s how to get through it.

 

It doesn’t matter how many times you say it, Denver CDL testing is just something you have to go through if you want to drive commercial trucks and similar vehicles. It doesn’t matter if you do or do not like Denver CDL testing, if you don’t test well, or if you get anxiety, you still have to pass it if you want to drive that big vehicle.

So you don’t want to go with Denver CDL testing. You should probably go in a different direction for your career, then. There is a lot going on in Denver CDL testing, and if you don’t think you can handle this challenge, then you should go do something else for a living.

But at the same time, as you debate with yourself whether you should take this step, consider this: you are put through a rigorous training program designed to educate you on the full range of CDL driving tenets, rules, regulations, and laws that govern the industry, as well as the instructions on how to operate the vehicles you will be driving as a licensed commercial driver.

If you want to become a CDL driver, then, you’d better start preparing for the Denver CDL testing you’ve been thinking about. Listen, everyone gets a little anxiety about taking a test. But commercial drivers have a lot of responsibility on their hands. They need to be able to handle the situations that are thrown at them, and they have to be able to complete the tasks they are assigned. Those put them out in the public in control of a large vehicle for which they are solely responsible. They must be able to handle the pressure that creates.

So if you are feeling anxiety about Denver CDL testing, you need to learn how to put that anxiety to work for you rather than allowing it to rule over you and keep you from the career, the lifestyle, and the job skills you need to have success in this industry. You will be under pressure to deliver your load on time, even amidst traffic and other obstacles in your path; you will have to operate your vehicle safely and efficiently even as angry motorists speed by you, honking and shouting obscenities at you, and you will have to endure the other pressures of the job. So do yourself a favor; study hard, learn the material, and take your Denver CDL testing; get it over with, and begin developing the coping skills you will need to handle whichever occupation you eventually enter into.

But perhaps this is all a little harsh; commercial driving can be, after all, a fun, respectful, interesting career choice. For someone with the right temperament, they can find this career choice to be a rewarding occupation, with negative experiences making up a tiny fraction of their day-to-day experience. But again you must complete Denver CDL testing first. Commercial driving, and getting your CDL license if a challenging experience, but one you certainly can handle if you apply yourself. So apply yourself and move through your CDL training now. Get a grasp on the material, then go knock out that Denver CDL testing.

Anxiety is a part of life. The inability to believe you can do something keeps people down every single day. Some people will tell you to “grow up,” but that is certainly easier said than done. Developing the confidence that you can complete Denver CDL testing is a huge step for some people. Use your own indecisiveness to your advantage, and develop the confidence that you are worthy. Because you are. Denver CDL testing is something that many people have difficulty with their first time around. But not letting it own you is the first step in having success.

There is no better way to fight through anxiety than to simply do it. It’s a difficult step for many people; if it’s difficult for you too, that’s okay. Just remember that you can do it, and if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Use your Denver CDL testing as a stepping stone to your career; get through it successfully, and work on getting your career situation settled in the place where you want it to be.

Here’s what you need to get ready for a career in the trucking industry

 

When you’re in Colorado Springs CDL testing is the culmination of weeks of intensive training. Working toward a CDL is a job that takes quite a bit of time over the course of those weeks. However, it is also something that you cannot take for granted once you get started. You must put your all into it in order to really make the most of your experience.

Think of it this way: CDL training gets you ready for a career. Quite simply and bluntly, it is what you need to do to prepare for the comprehensive, rigorous Colorado Springs CDL testing that will grant you a commercial driver’s license and officially, legally authorize you to drive large commercial vehicles in a professional setting.

But maybe you’re new to the game, and you’re not sure what this can really do for you. Maybe you are interested in driving commercial vehicles, because you like to drive big trucks, but you aren’t sure what jobs you can realistically hold when you have completed Colorado Springs CDL testing. That’s okay…that’s why we’re here!

Commercial vehicles are classified by weight. A vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 lbs. or more is classified as a commercial vehicle. As such, it requires a special driver’s license, called the commercial driver’s license (or CDL) in order to legally operate.

There are three classes of CDL you can pursue:

Class A CDL: required for vehicles with gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 lbs. or more, towing a trailer (or combination of trailers) weighing more than 10,000 lbs.

Class B CDL: required for vehicles with gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 lbs. or more, towing a trailer (or combination of trailers) weighing less than 10,000 lbs.

Class C CDL: required for vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.

In order to receive any one of these licenses, you must successfully pass Colorado Springs CDL testing. Part of the requirements of passing Colorado Springs CDL testing is completing a CDL training program that includes both classroom instruction and a minimum amount of time receiving instruction and supervised driving time in a commercial vehicle.

For more information on this particular topic, here is a link to the Colorado CDL Driver’s Handbook.

But you are wondering what all of the fuss is really about. What you can you do for a living once you have completed this Colorado Springs CDL testing? There are several occupations you can hold with a CDL, and while each of these professions involves driving a large vehicle, the job environment for each is very different.

Truck driver: Virtually all trucking companies hire people with CDL licenses. Their primary role is to transport goods from one location to another, helping to spur commerce and the spread of goods around the country.

Parcel/package delivery: Both the U.S. Postal Service and other parcel/package delivery companies hire workers who have completed Colorado Springs CDL testing. They deliver packages to homes and businesses in those large trucks you see on the roadways.

Construction vehicle driver: The construction industry employs the use of many different large construction vehicles in their day-to-day operations. These vehicles require drivers who have passed Colorado Springs CDL testing.

Bus driver: City buses, commercial liners, tour buses, and school buses all need qualified, licensed drivers who completed Colorado Springs CDL testing and received a CDL. These professionals shuttle passengers along their designated routes, delivering them to their destinations safely and legally.

And these are just a few of the more common professions among those who possess a CDL. While driving is a common component in each of these positions, as you can imagine the work environment is significantly different for each. Part of your CDL training is deciding which of these areas you want to specialize in, and training for that specific vehicle. You should have a preference in mind for which vehicle you want to drive regularly.

So there is an overview of the jobs you can get when you possess a commercial driver’s license. Of course, there are several step in between that you have to follow in order to even reach the testing phase, but this is your first step toward a CDL!

Ready for employment in the commercial driving industry? Make sure you do THIS.

 

When you are considering whether or not to take Colorado Springs CDL testing, you should consider this: is your career worth the effort you are going to put into this new endeavor? Will I enjoy this line of work? Do I find meaning in driving a commercial vehicle, and do I recognize the service I am helping to provide others?

If you would answer no to any of these questions, then chances are good that Colorado Springs CDL testing is not for you. If you are going to take Colorado Springs CDL testing, then you most likely are interested in a career in commercial driving. If you are not, then why are you wasting the time by taking CDL training? There are any number of other areas of study you could be pursuing, and finding a career that has more of an interest for you would be a pretty darn good idea.

Let’s say, for a moment, that you ARE interested in Colorado Springs CDL testing. You recently enrolled in a trucking school, and you’re ready to find employment in the commercial driving industry. You want to find employment as a truck driver, or a construction vehicle driver, or a bus driver. The world needs people in these occupations, and you feel like you’re the type of person who would find the reward and enjoyment from this profession.

So what next? What strategy would you employ in order to find the ticket to employment in one of those fields? The simple answer, of course, is pass Colorado Springs CDL testing. The CDL exam is administered by the Department of Motor Vehicles (sometimes called the Bureau of Motor Vehicles), so it remains standard across the state. In your particular state, there will be little variance, although there may be significant variance from state to state.

So you finished your CDL training program, graduated from trucking school, or otherwise completed your program. Still, though, you’re not 100 percent sure that you can pass the exam without additional help. Keep in mind that you can conduct practice testing. There are many outlets online that can administer a practice CDL exam, and give you the opportunity to simulate the pressure you are putting yourself under, as well as test your knowledge and see what areas you still need additional study in.

It would be easy for one to assume that immediately after your CDL training program is complete you are completely ready to breeze through Colorado Springs CDL testing. That, however, isn’t necessarily the case. Consider the CDL exam as being like that bar exam for an attorney. Even the best attorney spends weeks upon weeks studying for the bar exam in advance of actually taking it, because it is so difficult.

The CDL exam isn’t necessarily as tough to take as the bar exam, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be totally prepared for the difficulty of the exam. It will certainly present challenges to you, and you should be certain you are ready before you set out to take it.

So how do you know if you’re ready to take Colorado Springs CDL testing? There’s a chance you may not know for certain, so you can only do your best to prepare. Try to retain as much information as you can, and do your absolute best. If you’ve been consistently scoring well on practice exams, chances are good that you will find success in Colorado Springs CDL testing. But make sure you are ready to go before you step up to the testing window.

If you’re looking to get into Colorado Springs CDL testing, your future may be set. There are a lot of factors to consider, of course, but any number of careers driving commercial vehicles can be solid ones if you are a person with the proper temperament. If you are quick to anger or inattentive, you may want to pursue another line of work. Driving a commercial vehicle takes a lot of guts and just as much skill. If it’s not the career path you want to take, don’t do it. Find another course to take. But leave the commercial driving to the professionals.

Thinking about taking Denver CDL testing? Start here.

 

Denver CDL testing doesn’t have to be difficult, though it’s always going to be a challenge. Unless you have a photographic memory, there is a lot of information to absorb and that information takes a significant time commitment to properly absorb. Most CDL training programs take between 6 and 10 weeks to complete; that, then, is about the time the government expects it takes the average someone to realistically learn all of that information in a relatively comprehensive course, plus study time alone.

When passing Denver CDL testing is your goal, you most likely are looking to find a career in an industry that needs commercial drivers. Trucking, bus driving, parcel delivery, construction—those are some of the common occupations of people who have earned a commercial driver’s license.

Do you want a Class A CDL? If you’re going to complete Denver CDL testing and find a career driving a truck, that is your best bet. A Class B CDL is most appropriate for certain drivers who are not towing a vehicle, or are only towing small trailers; working for a parcel delivery service may be appropriate. A Class C CDL is what you want if you’re going to drive a bus or limousine; it permits you to shuttle around 16 or more passengers (including yourself).

It certainly isn’t difficult to find Denver CDL testing; they are administered by your local government bureaus of motor vehicles (also commonly called department of motor vehicles; BMV or DMV are common acronyms for that particular office).

Are you thinking about taking Denver CDL testing? The first thing you should do is sign up for a CDL training program, commonly offered at trucking schools or CDL schools. This isn’t just advisable; it’s a requirement by the government. You will need to obtain your CDL permit; this will authorize you to undergo supervised practice time with a licensed CDL instructor.

As we noted earlier, your CDL training should take between 6 and 10 weeks, depending on your schedule and how comprehensive and intensive the coursework is. Once you have successfully completed your work, you are, theoretically at least, ready for Denver CDL testing. You should be sure you do plenty of practice in your spare time and be sure you are ready to pass Denver CDL testing before you walk into your local Department of Motor Vehicles overconfident that you will pass the test.

A word of warning: do not underestimate the exam, or overestimate your own abilities. Denver CDL testing is a comprehensive test of your abilities and knowledge; if you don’t feel like you have mastered the material, chances are good you will not pass the exam. Study as if you are expected to know EVERYTHING about commercial driving, down to the smallest detail. Denver CDL testing may or may not be difficult for you; won’t know until you get there.

Or will you? Believe it or not, you have additional resources to practice, and to get a better idea of what to expect in the exam. You can find sample Denver CDL testing is available online; we would suggest taking several different types of practice exam. Your CDL training school should also have a practice exam for you to take as well. Practice several times before going in to take the exam.

While Denver CDL testing is designed to be challenging, you have help available that can help ensure you are up to that particular challenge. If you work hard and take the opportunities you have had given you, you will have a much greater chance for success than you imagined. Be sure to explore those options before you rush in to try to pass your Denver CDL testing.

This little Denver CDL testing endeavor is ultimately your deal, with the consequences of success or failure riding solely on you. Whether you take this opportunity to do your best or not is up to you; Denver CDL testing gives you the chance to demonstrate a little self-worth; do you have what it takes to go through the entire program, master the material and position yourself for a successful career move? Of course you do; it’s whether you decide to use that ability that is up to you.

Denver CDL testing: What you need to know

 

When you’re ready to get your commercial driver’s license, there is nothing you need to do more than Denver CDL testing. Why is that, you ask? Well, you can’t get your CDL license without passing the CDL exam, of course.

When you’re approaching the time for Denver CDL testing, you need to make sure you have the right knowledge under your belt. You probably should start with a trucking school or some other CDL training. This is a necessity because of the large number of traffic laws, regulations, and other rules that govern commercial drivers, and the skills you must possess in order to gain all of the knowledge required to pass the exam.

So why do you need a CDL in the first place? Well, the federal government has decreed that large commercial vehicles on the roadway, operated by inadequately trained drivers, constitutes a hazard for American commuters. So the government mandates that anyone driving a large commercial vehicle must first go through a training program and earn a commercial driver’s license.

So what does that mean? Basically, if you want to become a truck driver, bus driver, operate construction vehicles, drive a parcel delivery truck, or a similar vehicle, you must successfully pass a CDL training program, then pass Denver CDL testing.

This is a time and effort commitment to be sure. CDL training programs generally run several weeks in length, and are designed to both prepare you for Denver CDL testing and to help you learn some of the skills necessary to become a commercial vehicle driver.

Once you complete that training program, have decided which type of commercial driving you want to pursue, and decided which (if any) endorsements you want to pursue, you are ready to take the CDL exam. And don’t think for a moment that Denver CDL testing is going to be a breeze. This isn’t a regular driver’s test you are taking like you did when you were 16. This is a professional level test, a comprehensive test of your skills and knowledge about professional commercial driving.

Denver CDL testing is generally broken into two parts: the written and driving portions of the exam. The written portion covers the rules of the road, which is to say the laws and regulations that govern commercial driving, as well as some knowledge points outlining how to drive a commercial vehicle and things of that nature.

The second part of the exam is the driving portion, another comprehensive part of the test where you actually get into a commercial vehicle and test drive it while a driving instructor sits in the passenger seat and evaluates your performance.

If you don’t know all of the traffic laws concerning commercial driving, and you don’t have sufficient experience behind the wheel of a big commercial vehicle, chances are good that you will not pass the exam. Do not take Denver CDL testing lightly; it’s a comprehensive exam, meant to be difficult and all-encompassing.

Make sure before you begin that you study; be familiar with as many of the aspects of commercial driving as you possibly can be. You want to know virtually everything, or at least as close to it as you can be. Denver CDL testing isn’t going to let you pass by coasting; you’re going to have to know your stuff if you want to get through.

If commercial driving is something you feel like is in your future, then be ready for Denver CDL testing. You’re going to have a long road full of opportunity, but you have to put in the effort and pay attention to the coursework if you want to find success when it comes time for Denver CDL testing.

Commercial driving is a solid career for the right people. Denver CDL testing is standing in your way. Don’t let yourself down; make sure you put your all into your career, and when it comes down to it you be ready for what the exam has for you. Know your stuff, or you will find yourself on the outside looking in, hoping for another chance at building career skills and proving that you belong where you feel you should be.